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Older youth study sexuality

A 75-page study can help senior high youth and leaders talk about sex. “Free in Christ to Care for the Neighbor: Lutheran Youth Talk About Sexuality” was produced by the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality.

Written by youth and family therapist Kari Lyn Wampler, the six sessions use Bible study, prayer, music, movie clips, stories, ELCA social teachings and family handouts to help youth discuss such questions as “When is sex OK?” “How do creation and sin impact my view of sex?” and “How do I respond to the way sexuality is depicted in popular culture?”

Kaari Reierson, ELCA Church in Society, said youth asked for the curriculum. The task force will consider youth study responses—due by Dec. 15—as it develops a proposed social statement on human sexuality for consideration by the 2009 Churchwide Assembly. “We want to encourage youth to respond in greater numbers because a lot of our focus is on youth,” Reierson said.

The youth study was mailed Sept. 10 to every ELCA congregation. It can be downloaded free from the ELCA Web site.


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